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Centrally yours

Carlton Hotel Singapore, centrally and ideally located in Singapore, is minutes away from Raffles Place, Suntec City International Exhibition & Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands, Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, and major shopping belts in Singapore.
With a total of 15 function rooms, Carlton meets the different needs and scales of any event and occasion. The Empress Ballroom on level 2 has thickset walls re-upholstered. It can accommodate up to 540 people and exudes modern interiors that use stylish chandeliers. There are three rooms added in 2010: the Istana Rooms which come with natural lighting and are conducive for smaller and more intimate meetings; the Esplanade and Connaught Rooms have tasteful furnishings that are impressive for meeting and banqueting services.
Carlton’s new premier wing added 287 rooms to the existing buildings to make the hotel’s total room inventory to 915. The hotel’s f&b offerings are the award-winning Wah Lok Cantonese Restaurant, international cuisine buffet dining at Café Mosaic, Gravity Bar, and the newly opened Tuxedo Café and Pâtisserie.

W: www.carltonhotel.sg

Hue’s art deco charm

La Residence Hotel & Spa, a restored palace originally built by Emperor Khai Dinh in 1917 after he visited Europe for the first time, is a boutique hotel on the banks of the Perfume River in Hue, Vietnam.
After years of restoration by a team of conservationists from Germany, it now offers a unique meetings and events venue surrounded by the rich history and beauty of Hue.
La Citadelle is a spacious function room that offers a full range of conference equipment and is set amidst an inspiring colonial garden that provides a perfect respite in between sessions. VIP Room is an art-deco meeting room that’s ideal for business get-togethers and private events. La Residence Hotel & Spa is a member of the MGallery collection of memorable hotels by Accor.

W: www.la-residence-hue.com

Finding an exclusive beach lounge

The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali introduced an exclusive beach lounge for guests to unwind in a relaxed environment with their toes in the sand over drinks and finger food. The resort offers an intimate evening of wining and dining under the stars with a sumptuous four-course dinner paired with two glasses of sparkling wine. For hosted dinners or more personal dining, the resort offers a chartered chef to cook a delectable BBQ dinner served in a preferred location around the resort. With welcome martinis and a tailored menu, who can resist holding an event or two at Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali?

W: www.westin.com/bali

New contemporary resort

The five-star Le Meridien Bali Jimbaran (LMBJ) opened early this year to offer an ultra-contemporary resort to Jimbaran Bay, with accommodation and facilities
tightly packed around a 1300 square metre lagoon.
LMBJ promises a ‘transformative concept’ for meetings and events with 645 square metres of modern function space. Their signature venue is the 5th floor rooftop with all-glass celebration pavilion/wedding chapel (144 square metres, 110 seating capacity for cocktail receptions) and Bale Banjar Ballroom (155 square metres, 120 seating capacity for dinners). It is surrounded by infinity ponds with unobstructed ocean views – designed to capture Jimbaran sunsets.

W: www.lemeridien.com/balijimbaran

Secluded find

If seclusion is a requisite to your team building, Centra Coconut Beach Samui may be a good option. Recent upgrading and renovation works at the property rebrands it to become a destination resort at the southwestern tip of Samui island.
“This is an intimately scaled resort in a beautiful location and it has an air of exclusivity that we wish to enhance,” says Centara Hotels & Resorts senior vice president for sales and marketing, Chris Bailey.
With the addition of a fitness centre, remodeled beachside pool and a new outdoor seating provided for the lounge and the restaurant, Centra Coconut Beach Samui is located at the secluded Thong Tanote Beach, with views across Koh Tan and
Koh Mutsum, two renowned diving and snorkelling spots.

W: www.centarahotelsresorts.com